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Homestead Hospice Chaplain - PRN in Charleston, South Carolina

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Job Summary:

As a member of the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT), the Homestead Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplain provides direct spiritual support or counseling to patients/families/caregivers and staff as needed acknowledging and respecting their beliefs, culture and values related to their hospice and palliative journey.

Qualifications:

  • Appropriate training in healthcare chaplaincy or a graduate of accredited seminary or school of theology preferred.
  • Ability to be open, flexible, and ecumenical.
  • Experience in working with patients/families dealing with life-threatening illness and death.
  • If this job services the state of Georgia, it requires 1 unit of CPE. Responsibilities:

  • Provide an assessment of the patient and families spiritual needs.

  • Provide spiritual counseling to meet these needs in accordance with the patient’s and family’s acceptance of this service, and in a manner consistent with patient and family beliefs and desires.
  • Facilitate visits by local clergy, pastoral counselors, or other individuals who can support the patient’s spiritual needs to the best of their ability.
  • Advise patient and family of chaplain services. There should be evidence in the clinical record that the hospice has offered and/or provided spiritual counseling in accordance with the patient/family’s desires.
  • Provide direct spiritual and emotional support to patients, families, caregivers and Homestead Hospice staff.
  • Work with patients, families, caregivers and IDT to provide spiritual education reflective of patient’s culture, beliefs and desires.
  • Participate in IDT meetings to explore and assess the potential spiritual and emotional needs of patients/families and to report on services provided as indicated.
  • Maintain proper documentation within EMR of all contacts with patients, families, and caregivers.
  • Provide spiritual evaluation of each Homestead Hospice and Palliative Care patient and review patients plan of care for revisions and updates.
  • Educates and completes initial bereavement assessment for patients, families, and caregivers; reassess as needed.
  • Contact clergy or appropriate representatives of particular faith tradition of patients/families as requested.
  • Conduct or assist with arrangements for funeral or memorial services as requested.
  • Develop and maintain a resource group of clergy to whom specific aspects of spiritual care may be delegated when necessary.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.
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